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of washington dignitary who have returned home to chicago to say good-bye to hadiyah pendleton, the 15-year-old band majorette and athlete shot and killed in chicago just days after performing for the obama inauguration. cnn's thooena jones is on the south side of check at the funeral. athena, you've had a chance to talk with some family and friends. what are they saying? >> well, you know, we've been viewing the ceremony from our truck out here. we have a live feed in. this has been a very emotional day certainly for hadiyah pendleton's friends and family and particularlial last half hour or so. we've seen more than a dozen young people, many of them young women who described themselves as best friends of hadial pendleton and a few young men talk about what she was like, a common theme is she smiled a lot. that she was a mentor and filled with laughter. let's listen to what one of these young people had to say. >> like the vibrant color purple, she chose spirituality and imagination. hadyia, you're beautiful like diamonds in the sky. and you've already begun to shine. >> and you heard her
from us. >> reporter: in chicago, he invoked the memory of hadiyah pendleton, who was gunned down days after performing at the inauguration. >> no law or set of laws can prevent every senseless act of violence in this country. when a child opens fire on another child, there's a hole in that child's heart that government can't fill. >> reporter: earlier, at the white house, raw emotion, as the president honored the adults shot down and killed trying to protect the children of sandy hook elementary school. >> they gave all they had for the most innocent and helpless among us. the courageous heart, the selfless spirit, the inspiring actions of extraordinary americans. extraordinary citizens. >> reporter: bill sherlach blew a kiss to heaven as he accepted the award for his wife, sandy hook's school psychologist mary sherlach. she was killed as she ran toward the shooter. the president hugged the mother and daughter of another killed on that day, teacher's aide rachel d'avino. the president said one of the most overlooked factors in urban violence is unstable families and absent fathers. he
congress and the nation. >> hadiyah's parents are in this chamber tonight along with more than two dozen americans whose lives have been torn apart by gun violence. they deserve a vote. they deserve a vote. gabby giffords deserves a vote. the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. the families of oak creek and tucson and blacksburg and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence, they deserve a simple vote. >> the president also pivoted to the war in afghanistan where he made news by announcing another milestone in the push to wind down america's longest conflict. >> tonight i can announce that over the next year another 34,000 american troops will come home from afghanistan. this drawdown will continue. by the end of next year, our war in afghanistan will be over. >> joining us now, chief white house correspondent for "politico" mike allen. i want to start with what surprised you about the speech? anything in there? >> the speech was very ambitious. meat on the bones of the vision the president described in the inaugural address. and t
of our children are being taken away from us. >> reporter: he invoked the memory of hadiyah pendleton, who was gunned down. >> no law or set of laws can prevent every act of violence in this country. when a child opens fire on another child, there's a hole in that child's heart that the laws can't fill. >> reporter: earlier, the president in tears. >> they gave all they had for the most innocent and helpless among us. the courageous heart, the selfless spirit, the inspiring actions of extraordinary americans. extraordinary citizens. >> reporter: bill sherlach blew a kiss to heaven as he accepted the award for his wife, sandy hook's school psychologist mary sherlach. she was killed as she ran toward the shooter. the president hugged the mother and daughter of teachers' aide rachel davino, also killed that day. the president offered a rare reflection when he said i wish i had a father that was around and involved. >> a very personal reflection there. you'll talk about the debate over gun violence on sunday as he fills in for george on "this week." and reppive paul ryan will be there, to
will be in chicago this weekend, no speeches, only sadness, saturday 15-year-old hadiyah pendleton will be buried, the honor student who twirled a baton in president obama's inauguration was killed last week. thiscy child who fought against gun violence. >> this commercial is informational for you and your future children. so many children out there are in gangs and it's your job to say no to gangs and yes to a great future. >> pendleton's murder happened one mile from obama's chicago home, a startling example of gun violence in urban america. jesse jackson who led an anti-gun march in chicago begged the president to visit his hometown and address real gun violence. >> given the preponderance of killing and the explosive of this, we need federal intervention. >>> you might remember president obama came to newtown and tucson after the mass shootings there and more than one critic has pointed out as tragic as these shootings are, they're rare. most gun crimes are not committed with high-powered semiassault rifles but with handguns. before newtown the president was asked about the silent epidemic of
for either one of these gentlemen. >> michael ward has confessed and indicated that hadiyah was not the intended target. in fact, the defendants had it all wrong. they thought the group they shot into included members of a rival gang. instead, it was a group of upstanding, determined kids who were repulsed by the gang lifestyle. >> now, a superintendent gary mccarthy last night at a press conference announcing the arrest of michael ward and kenneth williams. her parents were not here. they're in washington. they will be at the state of the union tonight as guests of the obamas. however, there were friends of her family here and when it was announced there would be no bail, one of them raised his fist in the courtroom and after which said he'll be calling her parents to tell them the news and that they're very pleased these young men were not let out. >> ted, do we have any sense of whether or not they have actually gotten the news about these two young men and how they feel about it? >> we don't know how they feel about it. the sense is that they definitely know that what ha
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